Manual wheelchairs range from basic to advanced and are divided into four basic categories; folding, rigid, positioning and sports wheelchairs. Popular brands or suppliers include Invacare, Sunrise Medical and Pride Mobility.

Folding Wheelchairs

  • offer a high level of adjustability
  • can accept all types of seating systems, footrests and arms
  • designed for easy portability
  • choice of either steel or aluminum
  • footrests are removable as well and arms and wheels on some models
  • generally heavier than rigid chairs due to folding cross-braces.

Sports Wheelchair

  • similar to rigid chairs, but with features that make them suitable for playing sports
  • added features such as optional wheel camber angles and offensive/defensive wings, to full-out racing machines
  • can be specialized for basketball, quad rugby, tennis, track, marathon and more
  • hand cycle can be added to an existing chair or purchased as part of a stand-alone chair

The following are a number of the best selling manual wheelchairs on the market today.

IInvacare Manual Patriot Wheelchairnvacare Manual Wheelchair – Patriot
- lightweight, aluminum frame -compact for transport (11.75″ wide folded with wheels)
- adjustable seat-to-floor height and rear axle mounting bracket positions
- adjustable angle head tubes & Durable center mount front riggings
- precision head tube bearings allow casters to turn smoothly



Sunrise Manual Wheelchair - QuickieSunrise Manual Wheelchair – Quickie 2 Lite
- one free growth kit within the first 5 years of chair ownership
- Angle Adjustable Backrest provides multiple back angles
- Single Post Height Adjustable Armrest
- Ultra Lightweight Overall Weight: 27.75 lbs (frame, wheels, arms, hangers w/ footplates)
- highly-adjustable modular frame features multiple front frames and seat rails in combination with independent cross brace and rear frame.
- Q-Fit™ Technology ensures a tight fit right out of the box.


Pride Mobility Manual Wheelchair - StylusPride Mobility Manual Wheelchair – Stylus
designed to meet the needs of active users in a very cost effective package
extremely lightweight and very durable
enhanced fit and comfort
wide selection of innovative options allow for customization to meet individual requirements
adjustable tension seat upholstery
multiple position rear wheel and caster mounts optimize centre-of-gravity and seat-to-floor height